E.H. Taylor Small Batch is ostensibly an impressive bourbon. I think it’s meant to be. Between the labeling, and the packaging (the cylinder it comes in) and the extensive history behind the name, one is left with the impression they’re drinking something truly special? But are they?
Tastes of caramel corn sweetness, mingled with butterscotch and licorice. The aftertaste is a soft mouth-feel that turns into subtle spices of pepper and tobacco.
- 2015 Double Gold Medal – The Fifty Best Bourbon Whiskeys 2015
- 2015 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 2015 Gold Medal – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
- 2015 Gold Medal (93 points) – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
- 2015 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
- 2015 Silver Medal – Best Small Batch Bourbon (91 points) – International Whisky Competition
- 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 87 points
- 2015 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition
- 2014 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
- 2014 Double Gold Medal – The Fifty Best Bourbon
- 2013 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
- 2013 Silver Medal – Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
- 2013 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 2013 Extraordinary-Ultimate Recommendation – Chairman’s Trophy Finalist – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Tasting Rating: B
You know, I like it. It’s not the best juice on the market, but it’s good. You know, if you want to impress a non-bourbon drinking friend, this is the bottle you buy for that individual.
It’s hard to distill the taste, but I think it errs on the side of spice and pepper as opposed to the caramel and sweetness that other Buffalo Trace bourbons bring.
Value Rating: B –
It goes for about $40-plus a bottle. And I’m not sure it’s that much better than Eagle Rare or Buffalo Trace’s flagship brand, so, it’s not really a stellar value.
Overall Rating: B
Yeah, I like it. You are getting a 100 proof bourbon that is pretty good. It’s not the best bourbon out there but it’s nice to have a bottle on the shelf, especially when you’re looking to impress.